07 March 2009


Below, you will find just a part of my lengthy list of freethinkers, which include agnostics, atheists, brights, deists, humanists, materialists, milesians, pantheists, rationalists, skeptics and other champions of church and state separation.

There are obviously many more names I could add, but in order to keep the list manageable, I listed the names I thought the average educated person might recognize.

See also:

Frida Kahlo (artist)
Immanuel Kant (writer)
Diane Keaton (actor)
John Keats (writer)
Helen Keller (writer, activist)
Jerome Kern (composer)
Margo Kidder (actor)
Larry King (radio/TV host)
Stanley Kubrick (director, screenwriter)
Burt Lancaster (actor)
Elsa Lanchester (actor)
Hugh Laurie (actor)
D. H. Lawrence (writer)
Cloris Leachman (actor)
Richard Leakey (paleoanthropologist)
John LeCarre (writer)
Bruce Lee (actor)
John Lennon (singer/songwriter)
Monica Lewinsky (White House intern)
Sinclair Lewis (writer)
G. Gordon Liddy (campaign manager)
Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President)
John Locke (philosopher)
Jack London (writer)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (writer)
James Russell Lowell (writer)
Robert Lowell (poet)
James Madison (4th U.S. President)
Ferdinand Magellan (explorer)
Bill Maher (TV host, comedian)
Norman Mailer (writer)
John Malkovich (actor)
Barry Manilow (singer, songwriter)
Christopher Marlowe (writer)
Everett Dean Martin (writer)
Karl Marx (philosopher, political theorist)
Henri Matisse (artist)
Somerset Maughm (writer)
Mary McCarthy (writer)
Malachy McCourt (writer)
Ian McEwan (writer)
Sir Ian McKellen (actor)
Butterfly McQueen (actor ---Prissy in “Gone with the Wind”)
Herman Melville (writer)
H. L. Mencken (writer)
James Michener (writer)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (writer)
Arthur Miller (playwright)
David Mills (writer)
A. A. Milne (writer)
Christopher Robin Milne (writer, son of A.A. Milne, subject of Pooh books)
John Stuart Mill (philosopher)
Helen Mirren (actor)
Moliere (French playwright)
Julianne Moore (actor)
Desmond Morris (zoologist)
Gouverneur Morris (statesman, founding father, writer)
John Mortimer (barrister, writer)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer)
Iris Murdoch (writer, philosopher)
Paul Newman (actor)
Randy Newman (singer, songwriter)
Mike Nichols (director)
Jack Nicholson (actor)
Leslie Nielsen (actor)
Oscar Niemeyer (architect)
Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher)
Florence Nightingale (nurse, writer)
Joyce Carol Oates (writer)
Sean O’Casey (playwright)
Flannery O’Conner (writer)
Madalyn Murray O’Hair (WWII veteran, atheist actvist)
Eugene O’Neill (playwright)
George Orwell (writer)
Patton Oswalt (actor/comedian)

I welcome additions to this list.
Please leave additional names in comments.
I will be updating it frequently.

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